Die Walküre by Wagner (Ring Cycle) @Metropolitan Opera, New York
March 25, 2019 - April 25, 2019
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.
The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.
Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was the complex, controversial creator of music-drama masterpieces that stand at the center of today’s operatic repertory. Born in Leipzig, Germany, he was an artistic revolutionary who reimagined every supposition about music and theater. Wagner wrote his own librettos and insisted that words and music were equal in his works. This approach led to the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art,” combining music, poetry, architecture, painting, and other disciplines, a notion that has had an impact on creative fields far beyond traditional operatic territory.
PRODUCTION – Robert Lepage
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – Neilson Vignola
SET DESIGNER – Carl Fillion
COSTUME DESIGNER – François St-Aubin
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Etienne Boucher
VIDEO IMAGE ARTIST – Boris Firquet
REVIVAL STAGE DIRECTOR – J. Knighten Smit, Gina Lapinski
CONDUCTOR – Philippe Jordan
BRÜNNHILDE – Christine Goerke
SIEGLINDE – Eva-Maria Westbroek
FRICKA – Jamie Barton
SIEGMUND – Stuart Skelton
WOTAN – Greer Grimsley